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The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is partly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). It is a grant funding programme  that aims to provide funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in rural areas. Grants, mainly for smaller projects, will cover six key priorities: Micro/small enterprises and farm diversification
Increasing farm productivity
Support for rural tourism
Provision of rural services
Support for cultural/heritage activity
Increasing forestry productivity. Grant rates vary depending on the organisation applying for the grant and the LEADER priority under which the project sits, but the typical grant amount available is 40% of the total eligible project costs, with the rest of the money coming from other private sources – it cannot come from other public sources. The LEADER programme has a minimum grant amount of at least £6,000.

Other funding

International Trade Support

Type: Business

Expires: TBC

Total funding: TBC

Individual funding: TBC

Minimum company size: 1

International Trade Support is available from the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Up to 50% funding may be available to...

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Lancashire Forum

Type: Business

Expires: TBC

Total funding: Support

Individual funding: Programme

Minimum company size: 249

The Forum is a peer network and six-month programme aimed at owner-managers, MDs, and senior decision makers of SMEs with...

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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Debt Finance

Type: Business

Expires: TBC

Total funding: 100,000.00

Individual funding: 750,000.00

Minimum company size: 249

As SMEs grow, larger amounts of finance can be needed to move them to the next level.  Funding might be...

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Lancashire Environmental Fund

Type: Business

Expires: 10/12/2022

Total funding: £25,000,000

Individual funding: £1,000

Minimum company size: 1

Business services  

Projects to date have included improvements to community facilities, general environmental improvements, creation and management of habitats, improvements to parks,...

www.lancsenvfund.org.uk

International Trade Services - North & Western Lancs

Type: Business

Expires: TBC

Total funding: Support

Individual funding: Support

Minimum company size: 1

Whether you are planning to export for the first time, looking to buy in goods from overseas, or expanding your...

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